(Closed) Venue Fee Percentage

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That does seem pretty high, especially since you’re not getting much. Are you having your ceremony and reception at the same place? Does it include chairs for the ceremony?

I have learned, though, that you can’t really follow these wedding budgeters. You only know what you can spend. Have you priced out other things for your reception? Are you willing to forego certain things to get what you want? It’s all about give and take in your budget. If your venue is important to you, then maybe the 13% is worth it. But you’ll have to be prepared to make some sacrifices: perhaps it won’t be top shelf open bar, or maybe just beer and wine. Buffet dinner may cost more, since you need servers at every station.

Can I ask how much this 13% is? It will be easier to figure out if this is a normal fee or if they’re trying to get you to pay too high.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My venue is 5% of my budget, or about $1000. It does include use of a commercial kitchen and has two rooms we can use, as well as a coat room. and foyer.

Post # 5
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It does sound a bit high.  Our reception venue is 8.5% and it only includes tables and chairs.  We just have to make sacrifices to get what we want! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you want to get started on the contract I would definitely start asking around for caterers, just to get an idea of how much that will actually cost. Everyone goes over budget with their weddings because every time you think you have a pretty good price set for something in your budget, you price it in your area and its somehow way over! It’s really odd to me that a rural VA venue is $2k, it must be super nice! If you love it you will make it work, but as I found, you need to be prepared to rebudget again and again. Even DIY projects can get expensive, so just keep it simple, ask your friends and family for help on things – I’m getting 25 vases from an aunt who was just going to throw them out!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

That doesn’t sound too crazy to me.  Ours is about 10%, but we can bring in our own food and alcohol.

Post # 10
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Rock Hugger: Yea if they let you do whatever you want with the place it’s very easy to start saving money elsewhere. Costco is a good option, but if you have a trader joe’s nearby, they have Two Buck Chuck and it tastes good! And yea costco would probably be great for appetizers. It sounds like you have a good idea of what to do, if you love the place go for it! The community centers and stuff might be cheaper, but then you’ll have to worry about decorating the place. Maybe the 2k place looks good without any decoration at all. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re paying about $8900 (out of a $30K budget) for our venue in the California Bay Area…so it’s obviously a huge part of the budget.  We would never pay that much except that it also sleeps 40+ people onsite for 3 nights for that price!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If it is something you are in love with, it isn’t too much. We paid $5,000 for our venue with an overall budget of $30,000. It was a museum of contemporary art that my uncle worked at for 20 years. I went to work with him a lot in the summer when I was a kid. I still would have gotten married there if it had been 1/3 of our budget!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our venue is like 17% of our budget. VA is just a really expensive area… I’m stealing from other budget areas to provide more funds for venue (e.g. doing flowers in bulk online, DIYing invites/programs/etc from Michael’s).

Just like you, we could have found cheaper options, but we’re in love with this place 🙂 And yes, you’ll save a lot of money on the alcohol! We’re doing that as well.

A wedding in the Appalachians would be gorgeous! I grew up in the foothills and would love a mountain wedding, but we’re going for a downtown vibe instead.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ours is around 20% of our budget (with chairs and tables). They offer some policies that will help us save the difference (we can choose food and drinks). Plus, it’s such a beautiful location that I feel we’re saving on decorating. That said, if I did go with a place in the area I’d like to get married in and in budget, it would be a total dump not my style.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve been budgeting 45% for venue/food/alcohol/tables/chairs/linens EVERYTHING about the venue. So I wouldn’t be able to do 13% because food around here is way too expensive. But if you are wearing your mom’s dress, you can move that into the venue line and just pump it up to 60% or whatever you need. It also depends on food/guest list/etc. We needed to be true to the recommended 45% and it’s been tough!

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